This chapter discusses the progressive movement towards the synthesis of research findings. As the analysis proceeds, researchers will be increasingly well positioned to attend to thematic relationships —connections across thematic categories will become evident. Several tools may assist them in drawing meaning from the thematic patterns that have emerged. These include graphic displays, reflective writing, and engagement of critical friends. As researchers move into synthesizing thematic patterns, they may review the literature from which the research drew its question, design, and analytical framework. This leads them to consider extant theory in relation to thematic categories, and to begin crafting a conceptual framework that will yield greater understanding of the research topic.
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